Superhighways must be better agree LCC and London Assembly scrutiny

A London Assembly investigation into the Mayor’s headline cycling projects has welcomed both the Cycle Hire scheme and the Cycle Superhighways, but concludes that the Superhighways need significant improvements.

Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, chair of the Transport Committee said, "Users of the pilot Superhighways have told us that they don't feel safer using these routes and they're not always respected by other road users.

"There are clearly lessons to be learned from the design and development of the pilot Superhighways."

Mirroring LCC's recommendations, the committee said: "We'd like to see a greater consistency in the features on future Cycle Superhighway routes so they are safer for cyclists. The Mayor and TfL could establish a minimum level of features which should be introduced."

“The Committee would like to see a greater consistency in the features on future cycle superhighway routes so they are safer for cyclists. The Mayor and TfL could establish a minimum level of features which should be introduced. This could include:

  • all the blue cycle lanes will be 2 metres wide and mandatory;
  • allthe advance stop lines will be 5 metres deep;
  • all parts of the routes which are one-way will be made two-way for cyclists;
  • all junctions on each route will be improved;
  • 20mph speed limits will be introduced for all busy sections; and
  • there will be a police Cycle Task Force enforcement campaign for each cycle superhighway when launched."

Cycle Hire scheme praised

The Assembly praised the Cycle Hire scheme saying, "We found great enthusiasm for the Cycle Hire scheme. Over 20 percent of respondents to our survey had started cycling as a result of the scheme and over 80 percent thought it good value for money."

Assembly members included several recommendations that matched those by LCC, including the need to expand the area covered by the bikes, introduce corporate memberships, include docking stations on TfL’s journey planner, and create a 'BikeGrid' of cycle-friendly routes throughout Zone 1.

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  • By jetski at 3:02pm 5 September 2011

What About the Slippery Road Surface?

CSH? - Cycle Sliding Hellishly!

In between junctions, the superhighway is painted with blue "standard road marking paint". As part of my motorcycle training I was told to avoid white lines and other road markings as the paint was more slippery than the normal road surface. Common sense also says, "if it looks shiny, it's slippy". All of which makes these sections between junctions far more dangerous than a normal road in my view. That view is based on 10 years of motorcyling and 30 years of cycling. In all that time I have "come off" probably about 20 times (luckily nothing serious), but on a push-bike the casuse every time was slippery road surface (oil etc) and on the motorcycle I was only ever knocked off by a car once.

But if you need evidence, here is a picture, note the skidmarnks just before the side-street...

 

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